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    • Politics & Opinions

      In a crowded auditorium at the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, Republican candidates for the House of Delegates' 46th District squared off last night, discussing key issues and presenting their platforms to local voters. Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins each made their case in what has been deemed a crucial event in the run-up to the primary elections.
      The debate, moderated by Ben Anderson, covered a wide range of topics, including economic development, education reforms, and controversial social issues like campus carry and the state’s stance on abortion. All candidates were given the opportunity to outline their positions on these critical matters, with each emphasizing their conservative credentials.
      Campbell, the incumbent, highlighted his legislative experience and commitment to economic development. He shared personal anecdotes that resonated with the local audience, emphasizing his deep roots in the community and his positions on educational improvement and supporting public schools.
      Ewing focused on traditional values and his stance on protecting constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment. He articulated his concerns about the current educational curriculum and the influence of national politics on local educational policies.
      Perkins, offering a blend of libertarian and conservative perspectives, emphasized juvenile justice reform based on his personal experiences. He advocated for economic policies that would retain young people in West Virginia, suggesting that broadband expansion and support for small businesses were critical to the state’s future.
      The debate also featured a moment of unity when all candidates agreed on the necessity of supporting local economies and enhancing the state's infrastructure to prevent the outflow of young talent.
      However, the debate was not without its contentious moments, particularly when the topic shifted to social issues. The candidates had divergent views on how to handle such matters, reflecting the broader national debate within the party.
      The event ended with calls for party unity regardless of the primary outcomes, highlighting the importance of focusing on common goals and values to ensure success in the general elections.
      As the primary approaches, it is clear that the Republican candidates are gearing up for a vigorous campaign, hoping to sway voters with their visions for not only the 46th District but also for the state of West Virginia.
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    • Local News

      Attention, Greenbrier County voters! Early voting kicked off yesterday, May 1st, and continues until May 11th. Due to renovations at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, new voting locations have been established for this election cycle.
      In Lewisburg, the Romano Law Office, located directly across from the Lewis Theater, will serve as one of the early voting sites. Voters can cast their ballots there Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
      The Rupert Community Building in Rupert is the second designated early voting location, operating with the same hours on weekdays and Saturdays as the Lewisburg site.
      In a significant update, Greenbrier County has also introduced new voting machines. A demonstration video, showcasing a member of the Secretary of State's Office explaining how to use these machines, was featured at the State Fair earlier this year. Voters are encouraged to view this video to familiarize themselves with the new system before heading to the polls.
      Don't miss your chance to make your voice heard in these important elections—plan your visit to one of the early voting locations today!
      List of candidates: https://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/candidate-search/
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    • Politics & Opinions

      The political spotlight shone brightly on Rainelle's Cowboy Kitchen on the evening of April 30th, as the venue hosted a pivotal debate for candidates of West Virginia's 47th District. The event featured three contenders: former delegates Ray Canterbury and George "Boogie" Ambler, along with former airport director Steven Snyder. Each candidate took the stage to articulate their visions and address pressing questions on a variety of topics that are central to the upcoming election.
      Opening Statements
      Candidates began with opening statements, outlining their priorities. Ray Canterbury spoke of his legislative experience and commitment to fiscal conservatism. George Ambler highlighted his community roots and legislative achievements, focusing on economic revitalization. Steven Snyder presented himself as a new force for change, drawing on his military and managerial background to promise effective leadership.
      Economic Development and Fiscal Policy
      The debate highlighted economic strategies, with Ambler stressing collaborative regional planning and Snyder arguing for innovative governance approaches. Canterbury emphasized rigorous fiscal policies to prepare for potential downturns.
      Education and Workforce Development
      Education was a key topic, with all candidates advocating for improvements. Canterbury stressed stability, Ambler proposed vocational training, and Snyder called for an overhaul to align education with job market needs.
      Healthcare and Social Issues
      Discussions on healthcare acknowledged challenges in accessibility and affordability, with each candidate presenting their approach to improve healthcare systems in West Virginia.
      Gun Rights and Legislation
      All candidates reaffirmed their support for the Second Amendment, with passionate discussions reflecting their commitment to gun owners' rights.
      Closing Statements
      In closing, Canterbury appealed to voters’ desire for experienced leadership, Ambler emphasized his community ties, and Snyder positioned himself as a change agent ready to bring a new perspective to the legislature.
      The debate at Cowboy Kitchen provided a platform for candidates to articulate their positions and for voters to engage directly with their potential representatives, emphasizing the importance of informed voting in shaping the future of the district.
       
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    • Politics & Opinions

      This week marks a pivotal moment in local politics as the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee hosts a series of debates for the candidates vying for the House of Delegates in the upcoming elections. The debates will cover both the 47th and 46th Districts and promise to provide constituents a direct look at the candidates and their platforms.
      Debate in Rainelle for the 47th District
      On Tuesday, April 30th, the spotlight turns to the Cowboy Kitchen in Rainelle, located at 118 Ohio Avenue next to City Hall. Attendees are invited to enjoy a buffet meal starting at 5:30 PM (dutch treat) before the debate kicks off at 7:00 PM. The event will feature three candidates: Stephen Snyder, George "Boogie" Ambler, and Ray Canterbury, each looking to make their case to the electorate. This debate represents a unique opportunity, as it will be the only forum for the 47th District candidates.
      Debate in White Sulphur Springs for the 46th District
      The debate action continues on Thursday, May 2nd, at the auditorium of the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the debate commencing at 7:00 PM. Candidates Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins will take the stage, offering their perspectives and answering questions in what promises to be an engaging evening. This event also stands as the sole debate for the candidates of the 46th District.
      Engagement and Participation
      For both events, the community is encouraged to come prepared with questions for the candidates. Questions can be submitted before the debates and will be selected randomly during the sessions. These debates are not just a platform for the candidates to outline their agendas but also a chance for voters to interact directly and voice their concerns.
      The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee urges all interested parties to attend these debates. Sharing this information and inviting friends are encouraged to ensure robust community involvement and informed voting decisions. These debates are key in shaping the future of Greenbrier County, and active participation is essential for a vibrant democratic process.
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    • Politics & Opinions

      As the gubernatorial race heats up, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is surging ahead, distinguishing himself as the stalwart conservative candidate West Virginia needs in these challenging times. With his impressive following and active engagement on social media, Morrisey has dominated both the digital landscape and his political opponents, emphasizing his commitment to safeguarding West Virginian values and freedoms.
      Morrisey, who has served as West Virginia’s Chief Legal Officer for over a decade, has been a vocal opponent of what he sees as the Biden Administration's overreach into the lives and rights of West Virginians. His campaign has been marked by strong opposition to federal policies that threaten the state's coal industry and economic well-being. "West Virginia is seeing just how much the Biden Administration is targeting our people. They want to wipe us off the map," Morrisey recently tweeted, illustrating his staunch defense of the state’s primary industries and working-class citizens.
      Amidst discussions on national policy impacts, Morrisey has not shied away from confronting his primary opponent, Moore Capito, challenging Capito's conservative credentials and leadership capabilities. "Do any of you actually see RINO Moore Capito leading coalitions on any of these issues?" Morrisey questioned in a pointed tweet. His social media posts underline a critical narrative: Capito is portrayed as insufficiently conservative and unprepared to champion West Virginia’s interests against federal encroachment.
      Beyond economic issues, Morrisey has pledged to continue his robust defense of conservative social values, notably leading efforts to protect girls' sports and challenge state decisions on Medicaid funding for sex-transition surgeries. These positions resonate with a significant portion of his base, reinforcing his image as a fighter for conservative principles.
      In the realm of gun rights—a pivotal issue for many West Virginians—Morrisey boasts strong endorsements from the NRA, the WV Citizens Defense League, and Gun Owners of America, underscoring his commitment to the Second Amendment. His leadership in challenging the Biden administration’s pistol brace rule further cements his position as a defender of gun rights, starkly contrasting with Capito's less assertive stance on the issue.
      As the election draws near, Morrisey’s campaign emphasizes not only his policy positions but also his proven track record. "Results. That is ultimately what matters when governor," Morrisey asserted, highlighting his achievements as Attorney General. His direct and forceful approach, combined with a strategic social media presence, has significantly amplified his message, rallying a broad spectrum of conservative voters.
      Patrick Morrisey's campaign is a clarion call to those who value conservative governance and strong leadership. As West Virginia faces critical choices about its future, Morrisey stands out as a seasoned leader prepared to fight for the state’s interests and uphold its conservative values. With the election approaching, his dynamic campaign continues to gain momentum, poised to lead West Virginia through the challenges of today and into a prosperous tomorrow.
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    • Politics & Opinions

      Roy Ramey, a candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, presented his vision for the state’s agricultural future at a recent event held at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club. Ramey, a small-scale regenerative farmer from Cabell County, outlined his platform focused on deregulation and the support of local farms.
      “West Virginia has lost 1,122 farms,” Ramey said. “We need to change this trajectory, cut the excessive regulations that are stifling our farmers, and start growing farms again.” Ramey, who is also a veteran with 33 years in the Army, emphasized that his approach aims to meet the increasing demand for locally grown food, which he believes is crucial for the state’s economy and food security.
      During his campaign speech, Ramey highlighted the importance of food freedom and local production as solutions to combat inflation and high food costs. “By increasing the number of farms and thereby the supply of locally produced food, we can decrease costs and keep our money circulating within local communities,” he explained.
      Ramey also shared his successful advocacy for raw milk, which led to the passage of Bill 4911, allowing for its legal sale in West Virginia. He detailed the benefits of raw milk, citing its natural probiotics and economic advantages for local farmers.
      The candidate’s campaign has gained momentum through grassroots support, reflecting his previous strong showing in the 2020 elections where he garnered 38% of the vote. “The primary on May 14th is crucial. I encourage everyone to vote and help spread the word about our campaign for a thriving, resilient agricultural sector in West Virginia,” Ramey urged attendees.
      Ramey is active on social media platforms and maintains a campaign website, https://rameyforwv.com/, where supporters and voters can find more information and engage with his campaign initiatives.
      As the primary approaches, Ramey continues to advocate for policies that support local farmers and provide consumers with access to fresh, local foods, arguing that these steps are key to strengthening West Virginia’s economy and ensuring the health of its communities.
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    • Politics & Opinions

      Secretary of State Mac Warner brought his gubernatorial campaign to a packed house at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club, where he detailed his extensive background and outlined his vision for West Virginia's future.
      Drawing on his military experience, Warner described some of his most challenging moments abroad: “I had to do the body identification, compound security, notify higher headquarters, and handle the international press. I still had to accomplish the mission.” He likened these responsibilities to the role of governor, emphasizing his readiness to handle state crises, “You want somebody who, when crisis hits one of those state agencies, has been there before, not learning on the job.”
      Warner’s campaign platform focuses heavily on education. He voiced strong support for the legislature's recent actions, including the Success in Education Act, aimed at ensuring that students are reading at grade level by third grade. He also highlighted his support for school choice, recounting personal stories that underscored its importance to his family. “We had a child who was running with the wrong crowd in middle school. We pulled her out, sent her to Trinity Christian School in Morgantown, and it changed her life,” Warner explained.
      The Secretary of State also addressed his achievements in office, boasting about the removal of 400,000 names from the voter registration list without a lawsuit and the smooth implementation of voter ID laws. “We’ve taken on the tough challenges by working with the legislature, not fighting it,” Warner stated.
      Amid his detailed policy discussions, Warner’s emotional investment in West Virginia came through clearly. “Debbie and I will live in the Governor’s Mansion. I will be on the job every day, being typically the first one to work and the last one to leave. Who better to coordinate the difficult job and challenges West Virginia has than somebody like Debbie and me?” he posed to the audience.
      Responding to questions about healthcare, Warner didn't shy away from acknowledging his limits and expressed his intent to collaborate widely. “I will call up experts and say, ‘I need your help.’ We need to adapt policies that reflect the diversity of our state’s needs,” Warner responded to a query about tackling West Virginia's health crises.
      In his closing remarks, Warner made a heartfelt appeal to the voters, emphasizing the need for informed voting and community participation in politics. He underscored the importance of family and community in governance, aligning himself closely with conservative values.
      The evening ended with a call to civic duty, urging attendees to engage actively in the upcoming electoral processes and to educate themselves about the candidates. The crowd left energized, with many staying behind to discuss the issues raised and to enjoy some local hospitality.
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    • Local News

      Kris Warner, candidate for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in West Virginia, shared his comprehensive platform with voters during a campaign event at the Elks Country Club in Lewisburg.
      Warner, who has crisscrossed the state visiting 16 counties in just 12 days, highlighted his experiences and ambitions in front of a lively crowd. “As Secretary of State, I would focus on three major areas: overseeing elections, enhancing business registration processes, and managing the administrative duties of the office,” Warner stated.
      Under his proposed leadership, Warner plans to establish the Office of Entrepreneurship to streamline services for business owners through the existing Business One Stop Shop. This initiative aims to consolidate various administrative services, making it easier for new businesses to navigate the complexities of state requirements.
      On the topic of elections, Warner vowed to ensure stringent adherence to laws set by the West Virginia legislature. He outlined four key electoral reforms: prohibiting voting machines from connecting to the internet, banning ballot drop boxes to ensure security, overseeing the integrity of the election process at polling stations, and enforcing campaign finance laws against major social media platforms.
      “Big Tech needs to be accountable just like everyone else,” Warner argued, emphasizing the need for transparency and fairness in how social media platforms influence electoral outcomes.
      In addition to his campaign for secretary of state, Warner also highlighted his extensive background in political and economic roles. He served as the Republican county chairman in Montaguella County and later as the state chairman, during which he played a pivotal role in expanding the party's influence in West Virginia.
      Warner, who also served as the executive director of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and was appointed by President Trump as the state director for rural development, credited his involvement in significant economic projects across the state.
      “I have been deeply involved in shaping the economic landscape of West Virginia, and I plan to bring that same level of dedication and innovation to the Secretary of State's office,” Warner added.
      For more information about Kris Warner and his campaign for Secretary of State, voters are encouraged to visit his website at www.kriswarnerwv.com. As the campaign progresses, Warner remains committed to reaching every corner of the state, advocating for a responsive and accountable Secretary of State's office.
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    • Government News

      The Greenbrier County Commission held its regular meeting on April 23, where key issues ranging from budget revisions to community projects were addressed. The meeting began with a heartfelt invocation led by Kelly and the Pledge of Allegiance guided by Jen.
      During the session, the Commission approved the minutes from previous meetings and discussed fiduciary matters involving the settlements of estates for several local residents. Noteworthy budget amendments were approved, including funds for various county departments such as law enforcement and the demolition project supported by DP funds.
      A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to community initiatives, with presentations from the Greenbrier Humane Society and discussions on child abuse prevention. Jen Runyon, volunteer board president of the Greenbrier Humane Society, provided an update on the organization’s efforts, which include a surge in animal surrenders and ongoing community support programs.
      The Commission also recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in protecting vulnerable children. A proclamation was read by Leslie Talbert, director of the Greenbrier County Family Support Center, marking April 26 as Children’s Memorial Flag Day.
      In addition to these issues, the Commission reviewed a petition for the annexation of property in Alderson and discussed new hires and budget amendments for local programs. The meeting concluded with plans for upcoming voting registrations and early voting dates, highlighting the county’s preparations for the primary elections.
      The meeting underscored the Commission’s ongoing commitment to addressing both routine county matters and broader social issues, reflecting a dynamic approach to governance and community engagement.

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    • Politics & Opinions

      At a lively town hall meeting held in a nostalgic old movie theater in Greenbrier, Congressman Alex Mooney fervently outlined his conservative vision for West Virginia and America, drawing applause and engaged questions from a crowd of about 35 local residents.
      The congressman, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years, highlighted his enduring commitment to conservative principles in a speech that touched on issues from healthcare freedom to fiscal responsibility. "West Virginia deserves a conservative U.S. Senator, and I am proud to carry that mantle," Mooney declared to an enthusiastic audience.
      During the event, Mooney criticized his political opponents for what he described as their liberal agendas and emphasized his alignment with the policies of former President Donald Trump, particularly in areas such as healthcare and tax reform. He recounted his efforts in Congress, including his staunch opposition to Obamacare and his support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which he credited with stimulating job growth and economic recovery.
      The congressman also voiced his concerns about what he sees as governmental overreach and the erosion of free speech, particularly highlighting actions taken against conservatives on social media platforms. "They threw Donald Trump off Twitter; they'll throw you off too," Mooney cautioned, pointing to a broader discussion about the protection of constitutional rights.
      One poignant moment in the evening came when Mooney shared personal stories of his family's battles against communist policies in Cuba, drawing a parallel to what he perceives as similar threats within the United States. These narratives resonated deeply with the audience, many of whom expressed fears of socialist policies taking root in America.
      As the town hall shifted to a Q&A session, attendees were eager to discuss local and national issues, from gun rights to educational freedom, and the recent controversies surrounding vaccine mandates and military policies.
      In response to a question about his plans to ensure the concerns of West Virginians are represented in Washington, Mooney stressed the importance of local input and his efforts to balance the needs of diverse communities across the state. "Every county has different needs, and it's crucial that we tailor our policies to meet them effectively," he explained.
      Mooney's town hall concluded on a note of encouragement for grassroots involvement. He urged those present to engage actively in the political process, emphasizing the critical role of informed and active voters in upholding conservative values at the polls.
      As the 2024 elections approach, Congressman Mooney's campaign seems poised to focus heavily on defending conservative principles and challenging what he views as a liberal assault on American values and freedoms.
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